Turfgrass diseases can be widespread and highly destructive pests of golf courses all around the world. Fungicides are an integral part of successfully managing disease, but developing a program that is effective against a wide array of pathogens can be difficult. The keys to developing a program are identifying the diseases for a specific location and timing (spring, summer, and fall) , their host grasses (whatâ€™s on your course), active ingredient restrictions (i.e., FRAC codes, number applications per season, etc.), and what products control which diseases.
In addition, resistance development, toxicological considerations and financial limitations can further complicate the situation. In this 60-minute webinar presented by PGI-Gordon, Paul Koch, Ph.D., will discuss the primary factors to consider when building your program and review the latest research on product efficacy, resistance development, and application scheduling techniques.
Paul Koch, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin â€“ Madison. Kochâ€™s research focuses primarily on developing precision disease management strategies for snow mold and dollar spot in turfgrass and investigating the fate and impact of turfgrass pesticides in the environment. Koch also oversees the University of Wisconsinâ€™s Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab and the UW Turfgrass Fungicide Testing Program.